Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022

What the Rajasthan political crisis highlights: Congress effectively has no high command

Is the Congress now entering a time when it will not be dominated by the Gandhi family? Is the period of the family's domination of the party – as Narasimha Rao had predicted in 1998 – coming to a close?

Can we use the learnings from the past 75 years to achieve our constitutional values by 2047?

What’s most important is we learn from our many experiences of battling for change, and bring those learnings to bear on the work we will need to do in the next 25 years to make it to the horizon we wish to reach

What is the solution to India’s garbage disposal problem?

A consumption tax based on concrete aspects of sustainability, and its local devolution, would create the right incentives for a scientific analysis of garbage and the logistics of its disposal.

Power imbalance: The governance shift in the power sector needs centre-state cooperation

Market based economic dispatch system may help governments to save revenue, but Centre needs to bring states on board

Muslim intellectuals meeting Mohan Bhagwat is an act of appeasement that helps RSS agenda

Abdul Khaliq writes: It was a meeting of unequals and an example of propitiation of the oppressor who calls the shots. But these luminaries should know that appeasement never works

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UK PM Boris Johnson’s last address to parliament was self-congratulatory and hinted at a sequel

July 22, 2022 9:01:59 am

Johnson was at his cutting best. He defended his government’s performance in handling the pandemic, boasted about getting Brexit done and moralised about helping the people of Ukraine fend off the Russian invasion.

Why a ban on single-use plastics won’t help

July 22, 2022 10:28:03 am

Ashi Datta and Swathi Seshadri write: The limited ban will not impact the big players. The focus should be on moving away from the use-and-throw economy to one which is designed for reusable and sustainable packaging

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President-elect Droupadi Murmu’s journey mirrors the trajectory of the country’s democracy, testifies to its uplifting possibilities

July 22, 2022 9:03:40 am

The presidential office will be burnished and enriched by President-elect Murmu’s story. Just by being there, she will bring the highest office of the land closer to the country’s most marginalised people.


Exam-driven learning has killed creativity in students

July 22, 2022 4:14:08 pm

Avijit Pathak writes: The result is that Kota, the town in Rajasthan known for all that is ugly about our education system, is seen to be a site of salvation; and the assembly line of the “toppers” reveals the hollowness of this life-killing race

Recent Supreme Court judgment on IBC may weaken insolvency regime

July 22, 2022 12:06:34 pm

Pratik Datta writes: The likely outcome of the latest ruling would be more litigation and delay at the admission stage, enhancing the risks of value destruction in the underlying distressed business

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Nothing much should be expected from panel constituted by government. But the farm problem remains, needs addressing

July 22, 2022 9:05:24 am

The reason is not just that it has too many members, but also the diffused terms of reference — from MSP to promotion of natural farming, crop diversification and micro irrigation.

In abortion, the woman’s choice matters. The Supreme Court says so, too

July 21, 2022 10:45:22 pm

Despite limitations of the MTP Act, in the past too, courts have upheld choice and mental health as important factors in a woman’s decision to terminate pregnancy


Droupadi Murmu, a president for our time

July 22, 2022 8:51:18 am

Ram Madhav writes: President-elect Droupadi Murmu symbolises bridging of gap between first citizen and last in our democracy.


PM’s ‘revdi’ remark: We need to disentangle good subsidies from bad

July 22, 2022 8:42:04 am

Sudipto Mundle writes: PM Modi’s comment on ‘revdi’ culture raises questions — how to define freebies, how to make distinction between ‘merit subsidies’ and unwarranted subsidies. The answers are important for making policy.


Walter Andersen writes: How Narendra Modi reshaped the BJP

July 23, 2022 10:36:12 pm

Walter Andersen writes: Over the past 10 years, with the assistance of Amit Shah, Narendra Modi has centralised power both within the party and the bureaucracy. He built on RSS’s sangathan model to mobilise voter support.

Awaiting Sri Lanka’s Narasimha Rao

July 21, 2022 8:48:10 am

Ganeshan Wignaraja writes: In attempting to tide over the economic crisis, the country’s new government has much to learn from India’s reforms.

Achuthan Kudallur: A master of abstraction

July 21, 2022 8:54:11 am

Uma Nair writes: His style moved from figurative to abstraction in the late 1960s and early ’70s. His canvases were a robust mingling of forms, mirroring his memories of his beautiful and calm village on the banks of the Bharathapuzha

Ben Stokes’s message: Cricket calendar needs a breather or brace for the demise of the all-format cricketer

July 21, 2022 8:59:04 am

The cricket calendar is packed airtight. So congested that two teams of the same country are playing in two different parts of the world against two different teams at the same time.


From Madras HC comments on mangalsutra to a survey in Karnataka, a troubling view of women emerges

July 21, 2022 8:46:13 am

Sanjay Srivastava writes: The gender of institutions – courts, bureaucracies, schools, civic associations – is not much discussed and yet, it is fundamental to both the circulation of ideas about women, men and those of other genders.

July 21, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Clashes in LS

July 21, 2022 1:09:41 pm

Opposition members rained their guns on the Public Undertakings Committee for tabling minutes which were incomplete and demanded a debate on the $175 million deal.

New Sri Lanka President has to build bridges with Oppn, win trust of citizen’s movement

July 20, 2022 8:55:19 pm

Wickremesinghe’s main challenge will be to set the economy back on track, which he has predicted might take until the end of 2023 to accomplish.

Supreme Court has done well to draw a few red lines in the Zubair case. Now to ensure they aren’t blurred

July 20, 2022 8:53:30 pm

The Supreme Court’s intervention is welcome and hopeful — at a time when FIRs are being filed at the drop of a “hurt” hat, when arrests become the norm rather than the exception, the court’s doors need to be open wider than ever for it to fulfil its role as the custodian of individual rights.

Making the Indian Ocean plastic free

July 23, 2022 9:47:53 am

Jitendra Singh writes: New campaign to clean up the coasts and beaches speaks of India’s seriousness towards restoring marine health

Gregor Mendel’s story shows why science should not be driven by ideology

July 21, 2022 8:56:31 am

Partha P Majumder writes: A fitting tribute on the 200th birthday of the pioneer of genetics would be to support evidence-based science and decry pseudoscience


T M Krishna writes: We no longer know how to respond to violence

July 20, 2022 10:20:05 pm

T M Krishna writes: Our response often becomes an argumentative tug of war, as we seek victory on social media and during discussions among friends and family groups


Indian MNCs are absent from discussions on digital policy

July 20, 2022 4:30:33 pm

Mansi Kedia writes: This has resulted in a disproportionate policy focus on keeping Big Tech in check as against creating an enabling and trusted digital ecosystem in India. Participation of Indian MNCs could break the “us versus them” problem plaguing policy making in India today

Bhupinder was an elegant, soulful singer who found his niche in Hindi film music

July 20, 2022 8:13:19 am

. The A-list of Hindi film music — Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, all born in the 1920s — was very much delivering hits then, but composers sought out Bhupinder, mostly to sing filmy ghazals.

Asking exam candidates to remove innerwear to check cheating shows abysmal level of trust in the young

July 20, 2022 8:11:17 am

To humiliate students for an article of clothing — or, as the “rules” would have it, “any ornaments/ metallic items” — is unconscionable and symptomatic of a deep suspicion of aspirants on the part of the NTA.

July 20, 1982, Forty Years Ago: New UP Government

July 20, 2022 4:00:19 am

All the 10 cabinet ministers who took oath of office and secrecy along with Singh 25 months ago have remained in the new ministry.

The new agriculture panel raises questions

July 20, 2022 5:09:33 pm

Ajay Vir Jakhar writes: A committee has been constituted to promote zero budget-based farming, change crop patterns and make MSP more effective and transparent. Vested interests need to be eliminated